Leveraging Amazon’s EC2 for development projects

    January 22, 2011 6:21 PM

    I’m really starting to believe that having access to Amazon’s Cloud services (or really any cloud platform) is a must-have for practically any enterprise development project.  I’m not talking about running the final product on AWS or even the development environment on AWS, though we do that often enough.  Instead, I am talking about using AWS services as a tool to assist in tasks that are common in many enterprise development projects.

    posted by Jeff Brown

    Merging Day CQ5, Spring, and JPA for a hybrid web application

    September 13, 2010 7:25 PM

    If you subscribe to the mantra that “everything is content” then you probably can store everything in CQ and never have a need to integrate with other data-oriented systems.   On the other hand, if your organization or client deals with assets such as relational databases, CRMs, or other systems, your job is probably more interesting and you may want to read on.    What we have seen is that there is a growing demand to integrate the power of a full-fledged WCM, such as Day CQ5, with functionality previously found only in traditional transactional-based web applications.  These hybrid applications must render a web page that integrates both author-controlled content and traditional enterprise data, sourced from assets such as Oracle DB, SAP, Salesforce, etc.  They must also be capable of handling business transactions typically done on the web.

    posted by Jeff Brown

    Sweepstakes with JBoss Infinispan, ModeShape, and others.

    June 9, 2010 3:08 AM

    Don’t wait for Ed McMahon to come knocking on your door for this Sweepstakes.  Instead, make sure you grab the CITYTECH mobile app “Summit World 2010″ which will be released to the Apple AppStore and Google MarketPlace sometime before JBoss World on June 22, 2010 (keeping fingers crossed on AppStore acceptance).     Once you have the mobile app and the conference starts,  you can start answering trivia questions served up by our “Trivia Server” running in the Amazon Cloud using JBoss ModeShape and Infinispan.    Questions are mostly technical in nature and each correct answer is worth specific points.  The more points you earn, the better your chances of winning great prizes in the sweepstakes drawing at the end of the conference.    I know the marketing folks are planning to top the Kindle prizes from last year, so make sure to stop by the CITYTECH booth to see what they have in mind.

    posted by Jeff Brown

    JBoss World – The First full day

    September 3, 2009 12:55 PM

    Just wrapped up the first full day of JBoss World here in Chicago and wanted to share some of my thoughts.  To start, this is my first time attending the event so I did not really know what to expect.  Attendance seems to be very good and probably more than I had expected given the economy.  However, it is hard to judge who is there on the RHEL track versus JBoss given it is a shared event.  In fact, that seems to be the leading question in small talk at lunch and in the pavilion!  “So…., you here for RHEL or JBoss?”

    posted by Jeff Brown

    Part 2 – Alfresco Integration with JBoss Portal

    April 14, 2009 9:30 PM

    This blog is an addendum to last week’s blog found here.  I had not planned to do a follow-up or second part to that blog, but after working to display the CMIS objects in a tree structure, I wanted to share what I had learned.

    posted by Jeff Brown

    Alfresco Integration with JBoss Portal

    April 8, 2009 6:26 PM

    A common use case we see is clients wishing to integrate Alfresco ECM with or within their existing portal products.  In the past, the most common way to do this was to place the entire Alfresco WAR within a portal container and deploy the product as a portlet.  Although this approach works, it is not useful in many cases as you are limited in the customization of the look and feel with the rest of the portal.  Plus, the repository itself is now tied directly to the portal container in terms of scalability.

    posted by Jeff Brown

    Existing Seam application converted to a JBoss Portlet

    February 25, 2009 6:35 PM

    Recently, I had the need to port a standalone web application that was written in Seam to be a portlet within JBoss Portal.   Overall, I was surprised at how easy this process was, but also wanted to write about a “gotcha” to maybe save someone else some time.

    posted by Jeff Brown

    JBoss Tools 3.0.0 RC2 released today

    January 29, 2009 9:53 PM

    I have been using RC1 and this next release seems to be mostly fixes.  However, it does have some new functionality as well.  The drag-n-drop to deploy is especially interesting. Here is the link to the interesting stuff: http://docs.jboss.org/tools/whatsnew/

    posted by Jeff Brown

    JBoss Seam support in latest IntelliJ release

    November 10, 2008 5:59 PM

    IntelliJ IDEA v8 now has Seam support out of the box. For a list of capabilities included see: http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/features/newfeatures.html They seem to cover everything you would expect in an IDE in terms of Seam-specific functionality.  I was happy/suprised to see the visual jPDL pageflow support.  First thing I want to do is to see if this also supports the jPDL process definitions as well.  I suspect it does, since the only difference is some schema naming, but will report back once I verify this.

    posted by Jeff Brown

    Alfresco Share in the Enterprise

    October 31, 2008 6:20 PM

    Alfresco 3.0 Enterprise was released this week.  If you have been holding off previewing the new functionality while still in the Labs edition, you are in for a treat.   The thing that will catch your eye immediately is the new Share application that is included in Alfresco.

    posted by Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown is a seasoned IT professional with more than 20 years of experience, with a majority of his career spent consulting across various industries and technologies. Currently, Jeff serves as the Director of Global Service Delivery for CITYTECH, where he is responsible for the delivery of consulting engagements in North America and the JAPAC region.


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